Guru Teg Bahadur’s portrait and the story behind it

Today is the Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur. This portrait of Guru Teg Bahadur, which is now in the storeroom of Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, is of special interest to devotees. According to Bachan Singh Saral, General Secretary of the Kolkata-based Bangladesh Gurdwara Management Board. “Guru Teg Bahadur went to Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) in the latter half of the 17th century. A reputed painter was assigned the job of making a portrait of the Guru. The painter accurately drew his clothed body, but failed to draw his radiant face. Sensing his predicament, the Guru himself drew the face and completed the painting”.

The painting, which was in Sangat Tola Gurdwara in Dhaka, was brought to India and handed over to the Victoria Memorial Hall after the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.


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